Read the latest Daily Independent print edition here.

View this issue

Browse other issues


Read the latest print edition here.

View this issue

Browse other issues

Your Valley Daily News Brief


* indicates required

Scottsdale authorizes $5M contract to illuminate sports fields, facilities

Known for its pre-pandemic nightlife scene with bars and restaurants, Scottsdale recreation areas will be just as “lit” as officials authorize installations of high-efficiency lighting at a sports complex, select park areas and fields throughout the city.

COVID-19: More than 200 new cases mapped to Scottsdale

With 62 new cases, Scottsdale ZIP code 85255 has recorded its second straight week of noteworthy COVID-19 increase, after the area, which includes DC Ranch and Grayhawk neighborhoods, gained 59 new cases the week prior.
Ask the Candidate

Scottsdale council candidate Tammy Caputi side-steps Prop 207 questions

Scottsdale City Council candidate Tammy Caputi will not provide insight onto her feelings about recreational marijuana or Prop. 207. As part of Independent Newsmedia’s weekly Q&A series, …
Ask the Candidate

Q&A: Scottsdale candidate Guy Phillips' dissenting position on marijuana

Scottsdale City Council candidate Guy Phillips is urging voters not to pass Proposition 207, when asked about the statewide ballot initiative. As Arizona voters prepare to decide the fate of …

City of Scottsdale makes efforts to help homeless with CARES funds

With the use of more than $700,000 in federal grant funds, Scottsdale is creating positive momentum in its efforts to assist residents facing homelessness. Scottsdale City Council accepted …
Ask the Candidates

Ortega, Borowsky talk potential Prop. 207 impacts to local neighborhoods

Lisa Borowsky and Dave Ortega, the two candidates for Scottsdale mayor, talk about their personal views of recreational marijuana — a topic that could have potential impacts to the city if …

Whitehead: My endorsement of three candidates

If there is one thing Americans agree on, it is this: Special interests funding political campaigns does not serve public interests. Without meaningful campaign donation limits in Scottsdale, I …

Brewer: Arizona seniors deserve a future of economic security

Arizona seniors deserve to enjoy a future of economic security and prosperity for many years to come — and it’s imperative that we elect political leaders who have what it takes to build …

Pont-Brown: Leading Scottsdale Schools through today's challenges

As we strive to provide the best possible experiences for our students, parents and educators today face numerous challenges. Today, we battle COVID-19, encounter huge funding shortfalls, and …

Janik: Our Scottsdale Fire Department rocks

The wild fire danger in Scottsdale has reached a decade high. The extremely dry weather and absence of a monsoon has extended the fire season. Scottsdale is particularly vulnerable to brush …

Ortega: My response to Cheryl Pelletier

Firstly, I must point out that “My Goals as Mayor of Scottsdale” has always included voting districts. Voting Districts: Bring voting districts to the ballot by 2022, since no council …

Somo: Cieniawski is a champion for all students

It has been my great pleasure to have known and admired Julie Cieniawski for over 25 years. I first met Julie when she was a young teacher who was full of enthusiasm, a love of teaching, and …

Caputi: Modeling the ‘Golden Rule’ for Scottsdale

In the vice presidential debate last week, an eighth grader asked how citizens could be civil if our leaders aren’t modeling cooperative, positive behavior. I wasn’t satisfied with the …

McKinney: Stop Arizona police brutality, debate Sen. Tim Scott’s bill

In July, Phoenix police officers opened fire on James Porter Garcia as he sat in his parked car. Witnesses captured the fatal shooting on video. Following Garcia’s death, dozens of …

Shaler: Arizona doesn’t need more immigration

On Oct. 6, Republican Senator Martha McSally debated her Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, in the first of a series of head-to-head confrontations in one of the nation’s most closely watched …

Pelletier: Don’t vote for Scottsdale’s talking mynah bird

David Ortega, candidate for Scottsdale mayor, does not seem to be able to generate an idea of his own. Let me explain. Lisa Borowsky, also a candidate for Scottsdale mayor, creates a reform …
Taylor Bras makes adjustments to Desert Mountain's robot during a competition in 2018. (Photo by Arianna Grainey)

Girls Get IT online event is scheduled for Nov. 13

Recognizing the growing demand in the Valley for high-tech businesses and information technology jobs, Scottsdale Community College will host a free online event, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 13,  to encourage more high school girls to consider IT careers. 
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Scottsdale school board candidates discuss campaign goals

With early voting starting, the six current school board candidates are still hot on campaign front. The Nov. 8 election is approaching, and the Scottsdale Unified School District’s …
Tests were administered from Aug. 17 to Sept. 4 for gap analysis assessments in the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Scottsdale Schools assess learning gaps in education

Withstanding the “test of time” takes on a whole new meaning as Scottsdale Unified School District administrators determine where students are academically during the pandemic.
Your Valley Daily News Brief


* indicates required
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting

Gift of Adoption Arizona hosting fun run

Gift of Adoption Fund is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides grants to help complete the adoptions of vulnerable children, giving them a permanent family and the chance to thrive. …

Author McKinlay to speak at Scottsdale Society of Women Writers virtual meeting

Jenn McKinlay – TEDx speaker and bestselling author of several mystery and romance series – speaks to groups all over the country and will be the  featured  guest speaker at the monthly Scottsdale Society of Women Writers meeting.

Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association receives $5K donation from Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale

Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale, 4725 N Scottsdale Road, recently announced Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association as its October non-profit to benefit from its year long charity initiative helping those harmed by the pandemic.

TEDx Scottsdale Women event organized for Nov. 20

Local Scottsdale and Phoenix entrepreneurs Jeanna Valenti, Kelly Sallaway and Tina Bakalis announce the organization of a TEDx Scottsdale Women event Nov. 20. In the spirit of TED’s mission, …

Scottsdale Artists’ School announces Beaux Arts 2020 is going virtual

Scottsdale Artists’ School’s is set to host its annual fundraiser, Beaux Arts, as a virtual event which will take place Nov. 7-14. Beaux Arts is an extensive art auction that features …

Residents now have a new testing solution for COVID-19 antibody testing: Clinical Endpoints. The north Scottsdale company is providing high accuracy testing with a short turnaround for results, …

Darlene Powell has always wanted to live in Arizona. The retired Rikers Island correctional officer and now speech language pathologist from New York City did her research and found a new rental home would suit her well in her pursuit for the desert Southwest.
Scottsdale Entertainment

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Spoke Art Gallery to host Pop Art Exhibition sequel

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Spoke Art Gallery recently announced the return of the “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” art exhibition, but in a new, virtual format.

Meet the Artist: Nicholas Lavella travels to Scottsdale for Canal Convergence

Interactive light installation artist Nichols Lavella is preparing to have one of his touchless art pieces, called Fences, be a part of the upcoming 2020 Canal Convergence. Happening Nov. 6-15, …

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos celebration returns

Scottsdale Dia de Los Muertos annual celebration is 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at Old Adobe Mission, 3817 N. Brown Ave.
There will be an option to enjoy the ride in a “carriage” for 2-6 or 7-12 guests.

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields shines, Nov. 23-Dec. 31

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields kicks off on Nov. 23 with a dazzling drive-through holiday light experience, debuting to celebrate the season.
“Butter,” written by a local author, Erin Jade Lange, is set in Scottsdale and described as a whimsical, humorous look at a high-schooler named Butter who is about to make history live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch.

Scottsdale International Film Festival marks 20th anniversary with virtual line-up

The Scottsdale International Film Festival returns for its 20th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 6 through Tuesday, Nov. 10 as an online event showcasing 20 curated films to celebrate the milestone.

The man, the myth, the legend: Danny Zelisko tells all

Concert Promoter Danny Zelisko’s rise from everyday Chicago civilian to one of the most influential concert promoters in the southwest is a feat he owes to grit and tenacity. He grew up in a …

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announces reopening of Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright fans and architecture lovers of all ages will once again experience one of Mr. Wright’s most personal creations, Taliesin West, when his desert laboratory and famed winter …
Broadway Jukebox performers Lacey Dixon, Peter J. Hill, Alex Gonzalez, Noel Irick, Michael Paul Wallot and Victoria Fairclough.

Broadway Jukebox returns through Oct. 10

Copperstate Productions announces the return of Broadway Jukebox, “the world’s first and only interactive Broadway musical,” revue on weekends through Oct. 10 on the Fountain Hills Theater Drive-In Theater stage.

Q&A: Jason Rose pulls back curtain on Scottsdale Polo Classic return

Scottsdale public relations executive — and co-owner and co-founder of the annual polo classic every fall — Jason Rose is a beer guy, who knew? And, Mr. Rose says, he will be enjoying …
Ticket sales at Salt River Fields will be announced at a later date for the Arizona Diamondbacks 2021 spring training information at dbacks.com/spring.

D-BACKS announce 2021 spring training schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks has announced the 33-game spring training schedule, featuring 15 home games and two road games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Subscribe to the Daily Independent